ON THE RECORD
John,yoko and the making of Imagine.
As far as coffee table books go, this new release about John Lennon and Yoko Ono is a deeply desirable one, especially for bookish types who covet the rare and the beautiful. Curated by Ono, Imagine John Yoko explores the making of the seminal album Imagine, recorded at the couple’s English country estate during the turmoil of The Beatles’ breakup. The passionate lovers collaborated on the album and its accompanying film (which includes all songs from Imagine as well as two from Ono’s album Fly: “Mrs. Lennon” and “Don’t Count the Waves”), and the book includes a collection of previously unpublished photographs of the couple sharing private moments at home, as well as scrawled lyrics and notes.to see how this avant-garde duo lived and created art is powerfully inspiring, and Ono’s collection of chic outfits reveals her to be an underrated style icon.
There are multiple editions of this book, ranging from $65 to $370 for the Collector’s Edition (one of 2000 copies), to $750 for the Signed Collector’s Edition (one of 300 copies), which is autographed by Ono and comes with an exclusive giclée print of the Imagine album cover artwork.
Imagine John Yoko, by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with Contributions from the People Who Were There (Thames & Hudson).
Lennon and Ono filming Imagine at one of five plinths of George Adamy’s plexiglass artwork Month of June, 1970, at 77 Water Street, on the corner of Front St and Old Slip, New York, on September 4, 1971. Photographed by Iain Macmillan.
Lennon and Ono filming Imagine, with Steve Brendell, at the Northern Ireland peace march/oz protest march at Marble Arch in London on August 11, 1971. Cameramen: Knowland, Metcalfe, Stanley and Fries.
Stills and outtakes from the film Imagine. Lennon and Ono, who also directed the film, kiss at 79th Street Boat Basin, New York, on September 4, 1971. Cameramen: Nic Knowland, John Metcalfe, Richard Stanley (UK) and Bob Fries (USA).